Recent publications by Megan Holmes (The Miraculous
Image in Renaissance Florence, 2013) and Louise Marshall (Plague in the City:
Identifying the Subject of Giovanni di Paolo's Vienna Miracle of Saint Nicholas
of Tolentino. Renaissance Studies, 27. 2013) have rekindled the attention
of scholars to a much neglected aspect of art historical research: sacred images
and the miraculous power associated with them in the Renaissance. In light of
these new studies, this session examines the healing power that was ascribed to
these venerated images and to the saints that they represented, particularly in
connection with epidemics, natural catastrophes and health issues. It seeks to explore key aspects that include:
- Curative and miraculous episodes related to the
exposition of images and relics;
- Hagiography and
iconography of healing Saints;
- The processional and devotional use of
- Patrons, communities and community identity.
send the abstract of your paper (150 words max.) with title and relevant
keywords, and a 300 word CV with full contact information to the organizer: Dr.
Sandra Cardarelli (SandraCardarelli@aol.com)
by May 30.